You’re invited

Saturday December 1st, 2012

6:00 P.M.

One of a few garden cities in the world, award-winning Beaverbrook is a system of parks, walkways, soft pedestrian lighting, curving streets, rock out-croppings and randomly planted trees. Families of all ages live here together.  But times change.  No longer are the supermarket, shops and post office the natural meeting places.  So we need to find new ways to connect with each other in order to keep the community strong.  That’s why we created the Beaverbrook Travelling Village Dinner.  And you asked us to do it again. 

Urban planning with a vision.  Let’s celebrate and plan to stay ahead.  Let’s keep Beaverbrook at the cutting edge of urban planning where human scale is respected and knowing your neighbors matters .      

Let’s keep talking.  More than ever before we need to talk to our neighbours and to get to know each other.   We  need to say hello next-door and across Beaverbrook to people you’d normally never encounter.  It is great to meet up with each other.  You know, be neighbourly, make a friend and build the community.   

Count yourself in (and pass along the invitation to your friends and neighbors) .... by calling me, Eileen Howell, (Director of the  Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association) at 613 592 8754.  Or email me before November 17th at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your participation.  Scheduling is made easier if you can do anything that is needed be it the appetizer, main or dessert course.  But please let me know what you decide.    

I’ll sign you up to host one of three courses and send you detailed instructions about your commitment and your personalized evening’s itinerary.  Just like last year, you’ll host one course for 6 people at your home (or at the Mlacak Centre for appetizer hosts).  In return, you’ll spend the evening travelling to different homes in Beaverbrook with different people for each of the other two courses to share food, drink and conversation.  By the end of the evening a lot of people who live, practically just around the corner, will no longer be strangers to you.  This year, we’ll all be together for appetizers, not for dessert as was the case last year.

How does the travelling dinner work?

The travelling dinner is similar to,  but different from a progressive dinner, so please read on.
First step:  Notify Eileen that you want to participate.   Tell her which course your will do for 6 people and say your 2nd and 3rd choice too in case she needs more flexibility.  Eileen will collect the names, assign the guests and give each household a personalized itinerary.  
Appetizers:  Designated couples will  arrive at the Mlacak centre with a plate of appetizers for 6 to serve to people as they arrive 6.00 p.m.  Those not designated to provide appetizers will arrive at the Mlacak Centre at 6:00 or soon after. All will leave the Mlacak centre at 7:15.
Main Course:  Each household will follow their personal itinerary to the Main Course host’s home, to arrive at 7.30.  Because the main course host has been at the Mlacak Centre for appetizers, the main course will need to  be something that has been prepared in advance, with a table ready to sit-down to (or trays if you prefer a buffet main course).  Main courses need not be complicated.  The goal is to enjoy the evening.  (Martha Stewart has not been invited.)  A period of one and a half hours will be allocated for the main course.
Dessert:  All will leave their main course host’s home to arrive at the dessert host's home by 9:15
Do not worry about the mechanics.  You’ll love it.   Once Eileen has your name, email, phone number, address and your choice of course (1st, 2nd and 3rd) that you will be responsible for, you will receive a schedule as to where to go.    This will be published just before the dinner on December 1st. as there are always last minute changes due to illness etc..... 
Allergies and special diets:  The hosts will not have time to accommodate special diets.  They will not know who their guests are till just before the event.  If you need a special diet, please plan accordingly.